US President Donald Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into the former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Comey wrote shortly after the meeting. This was reported by the New York Times agency.
“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Comey, according to the memo.
The documentation of Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Trump’s associates and Russia. Late Tuesday, Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, demanded that the F.B.I. turn over all “memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings” of discussions between Mr. Trump and Comey.
Such documents, Chaffetz wrote, would “raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede” the F.B.I.
Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. It was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation. An F.B.I. agent’s contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.
Earlier it was reported that Trump’s ex-adviser Flynn was receiving payments from Russia Today, according to The Washington Post. Former Trump's national security adviser submitted fees he had received from Russian companies in the new financial disclosure.